Photo: Trish O’Brien
Stewart Kelly has emerged in recent years as a pianist of great versatility and a sought-after teacher, broadcaster, producer and artistic director. Based in Melbourne, he is on the staff of the Melbourne Conservatorium at Melbourne University and the Victorian College of the Arts Secondary School. He is artistic director of the Music by the Springs festival and director of the Melbourne International Festival of Lieder and Artsong and in 2018 concluded seven years as artistic director of the Con Brio concert series at HOTA Gold Coast.
As a performer, he works as a soloist and collaborator with many of Australia’s leading instrumentalists and singers at leading concert venues and festivals around the country. He has particularly frequent partnerships with violinist Glenn Christensen, pianist Laurence Matheson and soprano Greta Bradman. In addition, his collaborators in recent years have included William Hennessy, Wilma Smith, Phoebe Russell, Stefanie Farrands, Timothy Young, Paul Dean, Sara Macliver and Patrick Murphy to mention only a few. He has performed in many leading Australian venues, at Festivals in Tasmania, Hepburn Springs, Mackay, Townsville, Brisbane and Coramba and internationally in New Zealand, China, Italy and the USA.
His playing has also been broadcast widely, recording for the ABC with Stefanie Farrands, and numerous concert broadcasts (including live-to-air recitals) for 4MBS, ABC Classic and 3MBS. He features on a Melba records world premiere recording of an arrangement of Mahler’s second symphony for two pianos eight hands. This release was critically acclaimed worldwide and was named a ‘Hidden gem’ by the Guardian in London.
Stewart is a graduate of the Queensland University of Technology, the Queensland Conservatorium Griffith University and the Australian National Academy of Music. He holds a Bachelor of Music with distinction and a Master of Music Studies, obtained while studying under the principal guidance of Gillian Wills, Diane Selmon, Stephen Emmerson and Timothy Young. In 2014 he was a Fellow of the Australian National Academy of Music, Australia’s most prestigious music training institution.
Recent performances include a return to the Melbourne Recital Centre, 4MBS Festival, Beleura House Series, Coramba Chamber Music festival and performances in Queensland, New South Wales and Victoria.
2019 highlights include Stewart’s New Zealand debut at the Akaroa International Music Festival, a second edition of Music by the Springs, a series of recitals with Glenn Christensen, the Melbourne International Festival of Lieder and Artsong, a return to the Mackay Chamber Music Festival and return invitations to the Lyrebird Music Society and the Coffs Harbours Conservatorium.
As a broadcaster, Stewart presents the program “Melbourne in Concert” on the 3MBS network in Melbourne. The program airs at 6pm on Sundays and can be streamed online or listened to on-demand.